As the new school year quickly approaches parents are finishing up the last back-to-school shopping, students are getting excited to find out who their teachers will be, and teachers are preparing their classrooms. But before all of that frenzied end-of-summer activity began, the new principal at Waters Landing Elementary School in Germantown was getting the school ready for students and teachers to return.
Srelyne Harris has been working hard to get Waters Landing ES ready for school. “The idea of the staff and students returning is the driving force right now. I am making sure that everything is prepared so we can have a great start to the school year.”
“I am excited about continuing the tradition of excellence,” said the first-time principal. “I am excited for the many opportunities for staff and students to engage in positive relationships, academic excellence, and a shared vision. I am truly humbled and honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to serve as a principal. I am really looking forward to a collaborative community where every student receives a high-quality education.”
“I can’t wait for the students to return to the building. The building seems so empty when the students are not here. It is too quiet. I love the energy that the staff, students, and families bring to the building. One of the best things about education is that you get to start a new school year over every year and engage in new learning opportunities every year.”
“I really want to make sure that we, as a school community of staff, families and students we have a shared vision,” said Harris. “We will create that vision through our positive relationships and through that vision we will achieve academic excellence.”
Harris has been with Montgomery County Public Schools for 13 years. After graduating from The University of Maryland at College Park, she began working for MCPS, teaching elementary school.
“I taught kindergarten, first and third grades in Cresthaven Elementary School and Roscoe Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring,” said Harris. “I also served as the staff development teacher at Green Castle Elementary School.” Most recently Harris was assistant principal and principal intern at Rachel Carson Elementary School.
Harris knows that she has big shoes to fill replacing retiring former Principal Tina Shrewsbury who saw Waters Landing through a two-year construction project at the school which added 25,755 square-feet to the school as part of an 11-classroom addition, a one-story Kindergarten area and two-story addition of other classrooms.
“Whenever you are coming into a new building as an administrator,” said Harris, “the most important thing is to build those relationships and make sure that we have a shared vision and we are all working toward the same goal which increasing student achievement and academic excellence.”
Top: Srylene Harris, is the new principal at Waters Landing Elementary School in Germantown.